Month: May 2020

first_imgFOX SPORTS SATURDAY TO  TELEVISE GRADE III LEWIS DECENT START IS CRUCIAL FOR GIANT EXPECTATIONS WELL-TRAVELED PAVEL BACK HOME FOR SAN PASQUAL Peter Miller631312721%51%$788,648 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat9625201326%60%$1,553,170 KEITH DESORMEAUX LOOKS FOR ‘EASY SHOT’ IN LEWISEasy Shot is an 8-1 outsider on Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, but Keith Desormeaux is hoping with better racing luck the son of Trappe Shot can outrun his odds and post an upset in the 1 1/16-mile race for three-year-olds.“He steadied a couple times (in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile in which he finished fifth by 3 ¼ lengths on Jan. 5),” the trainer noted. “We’re hoping better luck makes a difference tomorrow.“It’s about the same field (as the Sham) except for the addition of Mucho Gusto. If we can get a clean trip and finish strong, we’ll see if we have a (Kentucky) Derby horse.”The field for the Lewis, race six of 10 with 12 noon first post time: Kid Cantina, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Magnificent McCool, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Easy Shot, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Gunmetal Gray, Mike Smith, 9-5; Mucho Gusto, Joe Talamo, 8-5; and Nolo Contesto, Joel Rosario, 5-2.SAN PASQUAL START KEY, FOR PETE’S SAKEPeter Eurton would like to have a decent start for Giant Expectations in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, a nine furlong test for older horses that is a precursor to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 9.A six-year-old New York-bred son of Free Giant, Giant Expectations is a notoriously balky gate horse, as the trouble lines in his 14 career starts indicate: “Off slow, fractious gate, off slow, hopped, bobbled start, slow start, slow start.”“He has to break well,” Eurton said. “He’s had issues, but lately, he’s been standing good in the gate, so we’ll see what happens.”Great Expectations closed a gap in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs despite yet another tardy beginning.“It wasn’t a bad start,” Eurton said. “It’s just that the track was not like it was when we ran a month before that (third in the Ack Ack at Churchill on Sept. 29) . . . He’s trained well for this race although this is a tough spot with McKinzie and Battle of Midway, but we’ll be there.”The field for the San Pasqual, race nine: Pavel, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Shivermetimbers, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Giant Expectations, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Sonneteer, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; and Battle of Midway, Flavien Prat, 5-2.PAVEL BACK HOME FOR SAN PASQUAL World traveler Pavel is back home for Saturday’s San Pasqual Stakes and Team O’Neill hopes the  gray son of Creative Cause owned by principal client Reddam Racing returns to form for the steppingstone to the Santa Anita Handicap on March 9.Pavel was “never a factor” finishing 10th in the Grade I Champions Cup in Japan last out on Dec. 2, but has been working well at Santa Anita for the San Pasqual.“It didn’t seem like the race in Japan took that much out him; that’s why he’s back Saturday,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora. “It was just another trip for the horse, who is OK traveling, but the track was different and he couldn’t get a hold of it. It was very sandy.”With three wins from 13 starts on tracks including Saratoga, Parx, Belmont, Del Mar, Meydan, Churchill Downs and Chukyo in Japan, in addition to Santa Anita, Pavel has more than paid his way, earning $1,375,000.FOX SPORTS SATURDAY AT THE RACES RETURNS TOMORROWThe New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), FOX Sports and The Stronach Group have announced the return of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, the live racing television program launched in 2018 to provide nationwide coverage of the best    Thoroughbred racing from marquee venues around the country.Airing on FS2 and produced by NYRA, the telecasts begin tomorrow with a two-and-a-half hour show offering live coverage of the Grade III Withers from Aqueduct, the Grade II Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis from Santa Anita.“FOX Sports Saturday at the Races kicks off year one of our expanded coverage of the very best in horse racing,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “The races we are showcasing this Spring have produced five of the last six Kentucky Derby champions, including the immortal American Pharoah. As a horseplayer, you simply can’t be prepared for the Triple Crown without seeing these races. We are very excited to present these key stops on the road to the Triple Crown.”The year 2019 will see 12 editions of FOX Sports Saturday at the Races airing on FS2 with more than 24 hours of in-depth coverage and analysis of major stakes races and key Triple Crown preps such as the Grade II Fountain of Youth, Grade II San Felipe, Grade III Gotham, and the Grade III Withers.The 2019 package of live shows builds on the 2018 schedule, when FOX Sports Saturday at the Races aired on six Saturdays providing a national audience on FS2 with 17 hours of live horse racing.Santa Anita’s Michelle Yu will be reporting on the Robert Lewis, which has a projected “off time” of 2:56 p.m. PT.GUARANTEED $2 MILLION POOL IN TODAY’S 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT With a massive mandatory payout looming on Saturday, Santa Anita Park will again guarantee $2 million in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.Even though Thursday’s Rainbow Six sequence endured a total of 14 program scratches, mainly as a result of heavy rains, $199,909 in “new” money was bet, creating a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,699,756.There were 117 consolation tickets Thursday with six winners, each worth $910.30.  (Through 21 racing days, the average daily payout on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot has been $7,560.60).With no rain forecast today, Rainbow Six field size stands at better than eight horses per race. Friday’s Rainbow Six will begin with race four, with an approximate post time 2 p.m. PT.Although rain is predicted for Saturday’s 10-race card, all 10 races will be run on the main track, including the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, which has been carded as race six, and the San Pasqual Stakes, which goes as the ninth race.Should there be no Single Ticket winner today, track officials project Saturday’s mandatory payout Jackpot pool could reach $15 million.For additional information, including entries for both Friday and Saturday, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AT SANTA ANITA FOR BIG GAME SUNDAYSanta Anita will offer fans free General Admission on Big Game Sunday, this Sunday, as the track will present a nine-race program with special early first post time at 11 a.m.Following the races, fans are encouraged to enjoy the Rams vs. Patriots in Sirona’s Sports Bar, located on the Grandstand main floor overlooking the Paddock Gardens.Fans will be treated to an impressive list of Game Day Drink Specials, including $3 Bud Light Drafts (12 oz.), $5 Golden Road Drafts (12 oz.), $8 Micheladas, $6 Margaritas and $6 Baldwin Buck Cocktails.In addition to drink specials, New England Clam Chowder and Bacon-Wrapped “LA” Hot Dogs will be served to all Patriot and Ram fans, regardless of which team they’re pulling for.For additional information on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.STRONACH 5 OFFERS $50,000 GUARANTEED POOLBettors will take a trip cross-country today when the Stronach 5 visits Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, and Golden Gate Fields offering a $50,000 guaranteed pool.The sequence kicks off at Laurel Park at 1:35 p.m. PT with 10 claimers going a mile. After two races at Gulfstream and another at Santa Anita, the national pick 5 with the industry-low 12-percent takeout will finish at Golden Gate with a starter allowance and a field of eight.Past performances for the Stronach 5:’s Stronach 5 sequence              Leg One – Laurel Race 9 – (10 entries, one mile) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT              Leg Two -Gulfstream Race 10 – (eight entries, six furlongs) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PT              Leg Three -Santa Anita Race 4 – (nine entries, six furlongs) 5 ET, 2 PT              Leg Four – Gulfstream Race 11 – (13 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT              Leg Five – Golden Gate Race 5 – (8 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 5:46 ET, 2:45 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the win pool favorite when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.VAN DYKE LEADS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS TO 31-27 VICTORYLed by Drayden Van Dyke, Santa Anita’s jockeys posted a 31-27 victory Thursday night in the 52nd annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game at La Salle High School in Pasadena.“Van Dyke was their superstar,” said trainer Jeff Bonde, who attended the game. “There was a terrific crowd; all the seats were filled.”Proceeds from the game benefit Holy Angels Athletics and the Bill HartackCharitable Foundation, which contributes to several Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award.It is named in honor of the late Hall of Fame jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won the Kentucky Derby a record five times.THREE-YEAR-OLD GIVES OWNER/BREEDER ‘EXTRA HOPE’ FOR DERBYExtra Hope joined the flavor of the month club for the 2019 Kentucky Derby on May 4 with an authoritative 3 ¼-length victory in Thursday’s feature race, a one mile allowance test on a sloppy track run in 1:34.74, with the last furlong achieved in 13.05 seconds.“He’s a nice three-year-old and we all have the same dreams,” said owner/breeder Samantha Siegel of the son of Shanghai Bobby ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Richard Mandella. “I’m really excited.“His dam  (Lotsandlotsofhope, by Tiznow) could really run, but got hurt and only ran once. This is her first baby.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVSTRONACH 5 ALL-STAR TICKET FOR FEBRUARY 1ST, 2019BOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW GAME WINNER, THE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE AND TWO-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPIONMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW POLAR, A PROMISING THREE-YEAR-OLDBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW IMPROBABLE, THE UNDEFEATED THREE-YEAR-OLD ON THE DERBY TRAIL COLISEUM (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKING FROM THE GATEUNDEFEATED GAME WINNER WORKING 5-FURLONGSMEGAHERTZ CHAMP VASILIKA WORKING 4-FURLONGSFINISH LINES: Mike Machowsky, best known as the conditioner of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap and Sunshine Millions Classic winner Southern Image in back-to-backmillion dollar races, sends out his last two horses as a trainer this weekend after a career of three decades. Starting Feb. 15, the 54-year-old Machowsky will be the full-time California representative for national auction giant Fasig-Tipton. “It’s been a helluva run and I’ve had a great time training horses,” said Machowsky, whose last two runners are Ministersdon’tlie in Saturday’s seventh race and Proud Emma in Sunday’s fourth race . . . With more rain in the forecast, Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer breezed their Triple Crown prospects Friday morning, Improbable going five furlongs for Baffert in a bullet 58.40 and Instagrand the same distance for Hollendorfer in 59 flat. “Improbable looked very good,” said Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson, who had a six furlong gallop out time of 1:11.80 . . . Jonathan Kinchen, 2015 NHC Tour Champion, is Tom Quigley‘s handicapping guest 10:50 a.m. Saturday. There is no seminar Super Bowl Sunday. Richard Baltas6210141116%56%$722,337 EXTRA HOPE VAULTS INTO KENTUCKY DERBY PICTURE TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won VAN DYKE SPARKS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS TO VICTORY (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 31) GUARANTEED $2 MILLION POOL IN THE RAINBOW PICK 6 center_img Mike Smith37137735%73%$841,350 Doug  O’Neill771415818%48%$589,953 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Heriberto Figueroa991791517%41%$585,707 Jerry Hollendorfer50106620%44%$575,191 STRONACH FIVE OFFERS GUARANTEED POOL OF $50,000 TRAINER EYES BETTER TRIP FOR EASY SHOT IN LEWIS Tiago Pereira71139718%41%$483,354 Joel Rosario10420171719%52%$1,173,600 Geovanni Franco921391114%36%$626,856 FREE GENERAL ADMISSION SUNDAY WITH 11 A.M. STARTlast_img read more

first_imgTRAINER GARY SHERLOCK SUCCUMBS TO CANCER AT AGE 73 ON SUNDAY; VETERAN CONDITIONER ENJOYED SUCCESS WITH BOTH THOROUGHBREDS & QUARTER HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2019)–Veteran trainer Gary Sherlock, who would’ve turned 74 on Jan. 1, passed away surrounded by family at his home in Arcadia on Sunday following a lengthy bout with cancer.  The son of a jockey, William and racing official, Mary, Sherlock was born at 1:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1946 in San Francisco, and was thus celebrated as the first baby born in the City by the Bay that year.Raised in Pleasanton, CA, Sherlock was destined for a life on the racetrack and in addition to training, he also enjoyed success as an insurance agent, specializing in racetrack workers’ compensation policies for trainers and also as a bloodstock agent.A top trainer for many years with Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos, routinely finishing in the top five slots in the standings in the 1970s along with the likes of D. Wayne Lukas and Blane Schvaneveldt, Sherlock won high profile races such as the 1977 Los Alamitos Derby with Azure Three and the 1980 Doc Severinsen Handicap with American Jet.  Prior to switching to Thoroughbreds full time, he won 353 Quarter Horse races from 1966 to 1980.Known as a consistent developer of 2-year-olds, Sherlock enjoyed his greatest career success in 2008 with the 4-year-old filly Intangaroo, with whom he won three Grade I, seven furlong stakes, the Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, the Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, at Churchill Downs, and the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24, 2008.  (All three wins came in partnership with jockey Alonso Quinonez).Sherlock would go on to win the Santa Monica a second time, in 2016 with California-bred Lost Bus, who scored at odds of 64-1.  Owned and bred by Sherlock’s primary client, Terry Lovingier, Lost Bus, a 4-year-old daughter of Bring the Heat, paid $131.20 with Fernando Perez aboard.Sherlock would also experience the Triple Crown trail for the first time in 2016, as his speedy Uncle Lino, who was third in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and a subsequent winner of the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos, set the early pace prior to fading to seventh in the Grade I Preakness Stakes on May 21.Sherlock’s most recent “big horse” was Lovingier’s California-bred Show It N Moe It, a soon-to-be 5-year-old mare by Grace Upon Grace who to date, has earned $515,541 from an overall mark of 27-6-6-6.  A two-time stakes winner, Show It N Moe It’s most recent start came on Nov. 17 at Del Mar–a second place finish in the Betty Grable Stakes.A savvy handicapper who loved playing the races, Sherlock had great instincts which enabled him to enjoy a high degree of success over the long haul.Sherlock is survived by his wife Sharon, sons Brian and Michael (Mikey), who works as an assistant starter at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Los Alamitos, as well as two grandsons, Tanner and Luke.At his request, there will be no memorial services for Gary Sherlock.last_img read more

first_imgSYNTHESIS UP TO WIN $57,000 SANTA ANITA FEATURE BY A NOSE AS BEJARANO & PAPAPRODROMOU TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:45.08 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2020)–In his second start of the Winter Meet, long striding Synthesis kept to his task late and was just up to nip favored Lambeau by a nose in Friday’s $57,000 Santa Anita allowance feature.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by George Papaprodromou, Synthesis got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.08.Synthesis, who broke from post position five in a field of nine older horses, appeared to lunge out of the gate, causing him to lose immediate position, but Bejarano angled him quickly to the outside and he was third, about a length and a half off pacesetting Lambeau mid-way around the Club House turn.Heading to the far turn, Synthesis was lapped on the leader while settling into a good stride, and was about a neck off the lead turning for home.  Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lambeau opened up by 1 ½ lengths inside the furlong pole, but Synthesis kept fighting and was just up in a thriller.Well beaten six starts back in last year’s Santa Anita Derby, Synthesis, who was most recently a close second in a one mile allowance here Feb. 7, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.60, $6.00 and $3.60.“We bought this horse with the idea to try and run him in the (Kentucky) Derby,” said Papaprodromou. “Maybe we did too much with him, I don’t know, but he needed time off (following a seventh place allowance finish at Del Mar Aug. 18).  “He came back refreshed and he’s put on some weight.  He’s a big striding horse and I told Rafael, you can’t take too much hold of him. Let him do his thing.”Owned by Decker Racing, Kretz Racing, LLC and Jay Selby, Synthesis, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by First Samurai, out of the Bernardini mare Trust in Hope, posted his second win from 16 starts and with the winner’s share of $34,200, increased his earnings to $189,722.Lambeau, a promising First Samurai colt trained by John Shirreffs, basically did everything but win in finishing second, a half length in front of Dreams of Valor. Off as the 5-2 favorite, Lambeau paid $4.60 and $3.40.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Dreams of Valor was off at 20-1 and paid $8.00 to show while finishing 2 ½ lengths clear of Street Class.Fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.54, 1:12.81 and 1:38.23.Racing resumes with a blockbuster 12-race card on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Special early first post time is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho says he would not swap the Spurs manager’s job for any other in the world JOSE MOURINHO was spotted blanking Son Heung-Min as the Korean desperately hounded his boss for a high-five.The Special One was seen congratulating his players after their Champions League win over Olympiakos but initially had no time for the forward.3 Jose Mourinho snubs Heung-Min Son after Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiakos,3 Son followed Jose around the changing room until he shook his handHilarious footage shows Son holding out his hand for a high-five and following Mourinho round the changing room after being ignored.And having shaken hands with several other members of the squad, the Portuguese finally spotted Son and the pair at last embraced.Harry Kane’s double spared Mourinho’s blushes as Spurs recovered from a calamitous start to win 4-2 against the Greek side and reach last-16.The Special One was The Fuming One in the first half as his side shockingly went 2-0 down.3It forced Mourinho into a 26th minute substitute, hooking off the defensive Eric Dier for the offensive Christian Eriksen.And it proved a masterstroke from Mourinho as the Dane laid on two assists to complete a remarkable turnaround and ensure qualification for the last-16.Goals from El-Arabi  and Semedo had stunned the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – it even saw “MourinhoOut” trending on social media.But Dele Alli – looking re-invigorated after just two games under Mourinho, capitalised on poor defending to give his side hope just before the break.And in the second half it was as if a whole different side had taken to the pitch – no doubt with some stern words from the gaffer ringing in their ears.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himCaptain Kane levelled the scores at 2-2 before full-back Serge Aurier beautifully half-volleyed at the back post to give the hosts the lead for the first time.Kane then headed home Eriksen’s pin-point free-kick to seal the most remarkable of victories on a night that began so terribly for Jose and his troops.Mourinho was also spotted congratulating a ballboy whose quick thinking helped in the build up to one of Spurs’ comeback goals.last_img read more

first_imgTOTTENHAM are desperate to land a new striker by Friday — but chairman Daniel Levy has set a £10million limit.Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who has agreed a £27m deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, is hoping to see a stand-in for crocked Harry Kane arrive this window.1 Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a striker to replace crocked Harry KaneCredit: Rex FeaturesBut chairman Levy, who yesterday turned Giovani Lo Celso’s loan from Real Betis into a permanent £27m deal, is infuriating other clubs by not getting anywhere near their asking fees.Levy only wanted to pay Milan £10m for Krzysztof Piatek even though they rate him at three times that figure.And he was only willing to shell out the same amount for Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose, even though he is available for £21m.Spurs are also looking at Benfica’s £15m- rated Haris Seferovic.Bergwijn, 22, arrived in London yesterday to finalise his move. He is poised to sign a 5½-year deal worth £90,000 a week.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs vs Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100His playing style is said to be a cross of Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen, who finally joined Inter Milan yesterday.Bergwijn, renowned for his electric turn of pace, has scored just five league goals in 16 games for PSV  this season. But it is his record of setting up goals which is far more impressive.Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Bergwijn has been involved in 56 goals, with 29 of those assists.He impressed for PSV when Spurs beat them 2-1 in the group stage of the Champions League last season.The Amsterdam-born ace has continued  to star for the Dutch giants this season, averaging a goal or an assist every 89 minutes.Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsTottenham hope that kind of form will not only help them find the net while Kane recovers from his injury but also when he returns.Bergwijn started as a kid in Ajax’s famous academy before PSV pulled off a coup by snatching him from right under their noses in 2011 when he was still 14.Leicester and Sevilla were both linked  with him  last summer.FA Cup 5th round draw: Man United face Southampton/Spurs while Chelsea at home to Shrewsbury/Liverpoollast_img read more

first_imgThe announcement, made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Suva on Friday morning, will see at least two NRL Telstra Premiership teams play an official trial fixture within the region in 2020, 2021 and 2022.Players and coaches will be in-country for a number of days prior to each of the fixtures to prepare and train, as well as participate in NRL and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) programs targeted towards promoting social inclusion, participation, equality and health and wellbeing.The Australian Government have also included funding support for an elite-level rugby league team in Fiji to compete in the NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership.Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said sport has been a longstanding element of Australia’s engagement in the Pacific.”These announcements are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Australia-Pacific Sports Linkages Program which will deliver $40 million in grants over five years to support the development of sport throughout the Pacific,” Minister Payne said.”Sport has been a longstanding element of our engagement in the Pacific. This new program recognises the role and reach of sport as a major connection between Pacific and Australian people and communities.”NSWRL General Manager of Football Barrie-Jon Mather said the decision was a great vote of confidence in the game’s future in the Pacific and their hopes to play second tier Rugby League. “The announcement of support by the Australian Government substantially assists the bid team, led by Petero Civoniceva, and puts them a step closer to realising their dream of having a Fijian team play in our elite competition,” Mather said.Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the announcement recognises the power of sport to bring people and communities together to build stronger ties.”Rugby League is incredibly popular in the Pacific Islands and if we can translate that into greater grassroots participation, we know that it will lead to more active and healthier participants,” Minister McKenzie said.”Investment in NRL programs such as this in the Pacific is helping to promote healthier communities. We know that children who grow up playing sport are 10 per cent more likely to remain active as adults and fitter children are more likely to achieve better academic results.”The NRL Head of Government and Community Relations, Jaymes Boland-Rudder, said the announcement was a fantastic endorsement of the positive impact Rugby League has both on and off the field throughout the Pacific.”We thank the Prime Minister, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for generously supporting and raising the profile of the lasting impact Rugby League is making for women, children and men throughout the Pacific,” Boland-Rudder said.”The NRL trial matches, alongside the assistance provided towards funding the proposed Fijian-based team in the NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership, will have a profound impact in inspiring our proud and passionate Pacific neighbours and their communities.”The NRL will work directly with NRL Clubs before confirming which teams will participate in the Pacific trials at a later date.last_img read more

first_imgThe midfielder has gone from just having Scolari Y Menezes on the bench to finish holder with Andrey Lopes. The player arrived at Palmeiras last summer from Botafogo for 3.5 million euros and has a contract until 2023. With the alvinegro team he played 76 games between 2016 and 2018 in which he scored two goals and gave two assists. With Palmeiras he has played 537 minutes in 11 league games in which he has scored a goal and has received two yellows.Fernandes He has experience in the lower categories of Canarinha. Itobaraí has ​​played two games with the Brazilian U-17 team and three games with the U-20. The Barcelona has set its sights on Matheus Fernandes. According Balloon support, the Valverde team made an inquiry for the midfielder of the Palmeiras 21 years old An interest that is not new since in 2017 they were fixed on the player when he emerged in the Botafogo.last_img read more

first_imgAlready in recent days this newspaper pointed to the advanced negotiations between Espanyol and Benfica by Raúl de Tomás, although finally, and according to the Portuguese press (SIC Portugal advanced the news), the forward will not end up at the club as a loan but on property at a rate of 20 million euros plus 2.5 in variables. A real bombshell of the winter market that will help the Spanish to get out of his battered situation in The league, with just 11 points and the bottom of the championship. Tomás has always been a desire of Espanyol, although this summer it was impossible to undertake his signing as it was transferred to Benfica for 20 million euros. Five months later, the forward has not had continuity and the Portuguese club is willing to recover the investment. At 25 years old and with projection ahead, the player fits into the profile of signings of the parakeet club with Chen Yansheng in command, as in summer it happened with young people Fernando Calero Y Matías Vargas. With From Thomas, yes, the club will launch the house through the confirmation window taking into account that it would become the most expensive signing in history, exceeding the 10.5 that were paid by Vargas this summer.The forward would reinforce a decimated attack in LaLiga. Espanyol have only scored 14 goals in 19 games and his top scorers are Bernardo Espinosa, Wu Lei, Sergi Darder Y Marc Roca With three goals. If the arrival of De Tomás is official, Abelardo Fernández wins an immediate performance forward to get out of the delicate situation that the blue and white team is going through.According SIC Portugal, Espanyol would only get 80% of the pass for these 20 million and the 2.5 variables would be paid in case the player played ten games by June 30 (one million euros), Espanyol was saved (another million) and De Tomás scored five goals (500,000 euros). It is unknown if these clauses concern only LaLiga or all competitions. 9last_img read more

first_imgThe rest of the day is as follows:Friday, March 621:00 Alavés – Valencia Saturday, March 713:00 Eibar – Mallorca16:00 Atlético – Sevilla18:30 Barcelona – Real Sociedad21:00 Getafe – CelticSunday March 812:00 Osasuna – Espanyol14:00 Valladolid – Athletic16:00 Levante – Granada18:30 Villarreal – Leganés21:00 Betis – Real Madrid The schedules of the 27th day of LaLiga Santander are already known. The next date of the regular league after the Classic, Real Madrid will visit Betis on Sunday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. at Benito Villamarín. The 27th day will also bring us great duels: Barcelona receives Real Sociedad on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Atlético de Madrid, meanwhile, You will have the visit of Seville on the same Saturday at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgÁlvaro Carillo (Murcia, 2002) is one of the great promises that Real Madrid currently has in his academy. He is a central defender, plays for Juvenil B and played in the last U-17 World Cup with Spain. He is a modern defender, who adapts to the conditions that Real Madrid usually requires: He is quick to cross and is measured in the race with almost any striker. Some fundamental virtues in a style of play like Real Madrid, with the defense always very advanced.To these conditions he adds a magnificent ball handling and good game vision. He likes to go out with the ball under control, either long, short or even cheering with conductions to overcome pressure lines and join the attack. Its good long displacement makes it unpredictable, because it has the capacity to make measured game changes. Furthermore, it is powerful in aerial play. Carrillo took his first football steps at Barnes, a team from his native Murcia. Before, his brother (seven years older) had given him his first lessons with the ball, even putting him as a goalkeeper in the free time that both brothers spent playing ball. He entered the Barnes with only five years (2007) and was until 2014, when Murcia’s interest awoke. It only lasted one season (2014-15). It was enough for Real Madrid to notice him and incorporate him into his academy. His competitive nature (he always comments that as a child he cried every time he lost to any sport) made him fit perfectly into the white philosophy. Also, He is driven by the desire to fulfill a dream, to follow in the footsteps of Sergio Ramos, his great childhood idol.When he was just six years old, an Argentine coach assured him that one day, in the distant future, he would become a professional soccer player. That prediction of that technician is getting closer to becoming reality. That future no longer seems so distant …last_img read more

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